Byline: By Sarah Miloudi Western Mail
Rhoda emlyn-jones was last night crowned winner of the 2007 Welsh Woman of the Year award.
At a glitzy ceremony held at Cardiff's International Arena, the former fashion model beat off stiff competition from 26 worthy competitors to win the award.
She also scooped the Woman in the Community category award for her 30 years' service both working to help the homeless and developing services for people with drug and alcohol problems.
Other notable winners included Assembly Member Jane Hutt, who was presented with the Western Mail's Val Feld award.
The category was introduced to honour the achievements of the Labour AM, shortly after her death in 2001. The late Swansea East AM had made an outstanding contribution towards securing equal opportunities in Wales.
Laura Buffee won the Young Enterprise Wales - Young Achiever award. The Ysgol Tre-Gib student was recognised for her work as marketing director of her Young Enterprise company, Vitae, and her presentations team role.
More than 1,000 people attended the ceremony yesterday evening, including former leader of the Labour Party, Lord Neil Kinnock, and his MEP wife, Glenys.
Several previous winners also attended, as did Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Wales and BBC presenter Jamie Owen.
Event manager Emma Brennan said, "After more than 10 years of holding the contest, I am often asked if there is still a need for such a competition in Wales. But each year I am astounded by the achievements of all of the women entered, and there has been a large increase in the number nominated. …